Tennessee State Route 261

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State Route 261

Galen Road
SR 261 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length13.2 mi[1] (21.2 km)
ExistedJuly 1, 1983[2]–present
Major junctions
South end SR 52 in Lafayette
Major intersections SR 10 in Lafayette
North end KY 382 at the Kentucky state line
CountryUnited States
Highway system
SR 260 SR 262

State Route 261 (SR 261) is a north–south secondary state highway that is located entirely in Macon County in Middle Tennessee. The route’s length is roughly 14.2 miles (22.9 km).

Route description

SR 261's southern terminus is located in Lafayette at a junction with SR 52. SR 261 travels for 0.2 miles (0.32 km) to the Public Square in downtown Lafayette to run concurrent with SR 10 for an additional 0.6 miles (0.97 km).

SR 261 travels northeastward while being known as Galen Road, traversing the unincorporated community of Galen. Its northern terminus is the point where it becomes Kentucky Route 382 (KY 382) at the Kentucky state line in southern Monroe County near Bugtussle.[1]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Macon County.

Lafayette0.00.0 SR 52 (Highway 52 W) – Westmoreland, Red Boiling SpringsSouthern terminus

SR 10 south (College Street) to SR 52 – Hartsville
Circle around the public square; southern end of SR 10 overlap
SR 10 north (Scottsville Road) – Scottsville KY
Northern end of SR 10 overlap
KY 382 east (Bugtussle Road) – Gamaliel, Tompkinsville
Northern terminus at the Kentucky state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Until 2023, the road beyond SR 261's eastern terminus at the state line was signed as a split section of KY 87, which was separated into two segments on the Kentucky side of the state line. That segment was re-signed as KY 382 in April 2023.


  1. ^ a b Tennessee Department of Transportation (2000). Macon County Road Map (PDF) (Map). Nashville: Tennessee Department of Transportation.[full citation needed]
  2. ^ "The Road To 100 Years" (PDF). Tennessee Road Builder. Vol. 17, no. 5. September 2014. p. 22. Retrieved April 6, 2019.